Running Dropbox on Windows Server…and keeping it running!
I manage an on-premises file server running Windows Server 2012r2 – It was built to serve OSX and Win10 clients via SMB – don’t worry I’ve already disabled SMB1 to prevent Cryptolocker/Randsomware from spreading!
In the event of a HDD failure, the server hosts the standard RAID setup with a warm spare WD Red Drive sitting ready. As an off-site backup solution for the files contained (NOT the Operating System, thats backed up via a different soloution) it was decided by ‘the powers that be’ to use Dropbox to sync the data to the ‘cloud’ – providing both web based access to files if really needed and a way for remote workers to get non-condifential data (permissioning is a bit tricky at the moment).
The offical word from Dropbox is that you can’t install Dropbox on Windows Server 2012… and its true – the client tells you it can’t – unless you run the installer in compatability mode (Windows 7).
Over the first few weeks of running with this setup I noticied the Dropbox Client would crash or stop for some reason (I did some digging but not enough to come to a full conclusion). As a workaround I crafted a batch file to monitor the Dropbox program and restart it in the event it crashes.
Heres the snippet below
You can edit the above and paste into your favourite text editor, Notepad will suffice – save as .bat and you are good to go! Once running you should see something long the lines of;